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Book, music & lyrics by David Wood

First presented at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch in 1976, since when it has become popular with amateur companies and schools.

More a musical play for children than a pantomime, yet with lots of audience participation, Old Father Time is set in and around London and in various different centuries. The inconceivable happens when Big Ben stops!

Old Father Time, who lives in Big Ben and controls time, realises that he is locked in combat with the villainous Flying Sauceress, who manages to steal his almanac, containing the mystic secrets of his trade. The colourful storyline takes Old Father Times, his charlady, Mrs. Sparkle, and his Watchdog on a quest through time, involving cavemen, Guy Fawkes, a baby Dinosaur and Dodger and Bodger, a pair of buskers.


The original production used twelve actors, plus a chorus of extras. Amateur companies could use an even larger cast.


“A hit with the kids … a passer-by hearing the deafening response of a packed audience might have been forgiven for thinking that here was a reception committee of weeny-boppers greeting the Osmonds.” Romford Observer “David Wood … has an uncanny knack of knowing what children will like .. he’s written another winner … completely original storyline.” Romford Recorder “… a roaring response.” Irving Wardle, The Times


Old Father TimeThe play and piano/vocal score are published by Samuel French Ltd. First Class Professional & Foreign Rights : Casarotto Ramsay Ltd. UK Repertory Rights : Samuel French Ltd. UK Amateur Rights : Samuel French Ltd. US Stock and Amateur Rights : Samuel French Inc.